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By Cliff Gibson, Sports Information Director

The Bishop Lynch High School marching band recently competed at the TPSMEA State Marching Band Contest in Frisco and cleaned house, bringing home several awards, included the coveted “Grand Champion” award.

Bishop Lynch received unanimous first division “Superior” ratings in a number of categories, including — Best in Class Musical Effect, Best in Class Marching, Best in Class Woodwinds and Brass, Best in Class Color Guard and Best in Class Drum Majors.

This marks the fourth time BLHS has won this competition, claiming championships in 2005, 2009 and 2010. BL finished as runner-up in both 2011 and 2012.

“I’m very proud of them,” BLHS band director Mickey Owens said. “But mostly, I’m happy they got to experience being part of some exceptional musical performances and have the gratification and satisfaction that comes with being a part of that.”

The band practiced an average of 6-8 hours per week in preparation for the state competition, and is now preparing for a number of events coming in the future.

In addition to football games and pep rallies, the band will perform at the following:

• The Children’s Medical Center Christmas Parade

• BL Sunday and Freshman Rally

• Veteran’s Day breakfast

• Eighth Grade visits

They also perform four concerts during the school year as well as compete in the TPSMEA Solo & Ensemble Contest and the TPSMEA Concert and Sight Reading Contest. The band has performed during festivals in New York, Washington D.C., Winter Park, Orlando and Corpus Christi.

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